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What is happening to our delegate in Congress.  Economic Development Authority has Positive numbers and First Lady says be Joyful.
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It's 77° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. Light rain
Wind out of the North at 12 mph.
Water temp: 80 ° in Lameshur Bay St. John
We no rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Showers over Puerto Rico,   
Satellite Photo Shows: lots of cloudiness on the way.  

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs around 82. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. 50% through Wednesday night.  
Cruise Ship News - At Havensight  Dock – Liberty - At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Westerdam
At the top of the news on Tuesday December 27
Good  Morning Mr. Vice President.  Welcome to the Virgin Islands.  The Israel-Palestinian problems will not be solved this week, so don’t worry about that today.  Iraq has a new government - thanks to your input. No need to think about that today. And the Snowstorm on the east coast is over, folks are digging out, back to normal, not your problem today. Why don’t you roll over, snooze some more, take a walk around Water Island and maybe visit the beach later today.  Take the rest of the day off. You are on vacation Mr. Vice President. relax.  

The Economic Development Authority's has Good News from their business loan program. They created 183 jobs in Fiscal Year 2010, dwarfing the numbers for 2009. The jobs were created and maintained through loans made by the Economic Development Authority.   The new jobs are more than twice the 72 jobs created by those programs the year before.  The Small Business Development Agency and the Government Development Bank reviewed 28 business loan applications this last year and twenty-six of the 28 loan applications were approved in 2010, for loans totaling $1.3 million. 183 new jobs.

What’s happening to our delegate in the US House of Representative?  With the Republican Party in control, they are planning to strip the delegates of the territories of some of their voting powers.  In may seem like a minor act to the other congress people but looms large for us. The Republican Party is coming into power and they are not favorably disposed toward minorities, islanders, Hispanics, or may other minority groups like gays and illegal residents. No Good News here, expect less from Congress for the Virgin Islands.

Today in Kwanza it is all about Ujima meaning Collective Work & Responsibility.  The Official Introduction of Sankofa Saturdays Youth hosting Village Gathering & Youth Water Sale at Natural Livity  from 11:00 AM 1:00 PM with a Drum Circle  This is a gathering for women and girls and for men and boys with a discussion, bonding, time, quality time and activities.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! from the Board of Governors, management, staff and member agencies of the United Way of St. Croix.  This holiday season, while we reflect on living in harmony with our family, friends, and loved ones; let us also focus on how important it is to continue giving and supporting United Way of St. Croix and its member agencies who provide essential and critical services needed by thousands in the community.  We would like to remind individuals and corporations - in order to receive a tax credit for the 2010 tax year and obtain a tax-deductible letter from United Way of St. Croix, you have until December 31, 2010 to make such donation(s). Remember it is extremely important to Give, Advocate, Volunteer, and most importantly, LIVE UNITED! Let the mission and services of United Way of St. Croix be one you believe in.

WAPA is planning to drain water from their storage tank in estate Richmond St. Croix today, water pressure may be lower in LaGrande Princess, Dolby Hill and Estate St. John on St. Croix. The storage tank is going through a major rehabilitation.

E. Benjamin Oliver School Band Boosters have their annual Community Birthday calendar for sale.  A total of 1000 calendars are available and they will be sold on today Wednesday and Thursday  at FirstBank waterfront, FirstBank Port of Sale Shopping Center. and FirstBank tutu. $5. For more information call 775-2000.

Good News from the Kwanza 7 kilometer run as  Buronny Titre added another “7” win to his trophy case. He won the Kean challenge over a 7 mile course, STAR’s annual Kwanzaa Run was 7 kilometers .  His time was 30 minutes 49 seconds.  Ashley Benson continued her winning ways, leading all of the women and most of the men to finish as women’s champion in 31 minutes 23 seconds. In the two mile race, veterans of the Rwanda Project, Andrew Casazza and Zoë Banfield, both captured male and female leads. Other top finishers include Rian Bareuther who finished just 7 seconds out of first place. Steven Laplace was third overall and first in the 40s age group. Kristina Fink captured second place for the women. Sonia LeBlanc was third . Peter Smith, running in a Santa suit finished fourth among the men just 26 seconds behind Steve Laplace. In the mature age group, Bill Mooney Walter Bostwick and Margot Murray were among the winners. Gayle Deller was top power-walker.   Next STAR race is the Dr. Martin Luther King event in January.

The First Lady’s Council on Children is promoting a new idea each week all year long.  Positive thoughts for us to share with you. This week is about joyfulness - - Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings.  Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops.  Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling sad.  Joy gives us wings.  You are practicing joyfulness when you.. Look inside for happiness,  Enjoy whatever you are doing, Feel good about doing what is right, Find creative ways to enjoy your time, Have a good sense of humor, Feel an inner peace even when things are tough,  Your Affirmation is: I am thankful for the joy I feel inside.  I enjoy my work and my play.  I appreciate the gifts this day holds for me.

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